Alex is a founding partner at Hughes Fowler Carruthers. He specialises in complex divorce and financial work and children’s work, in particular in international cases. His clients are high net worth individuals with complex legal issues including trusts and jurisdictional disputes.
Alex helped set up the Young Solicitors Family Law Association in 1998. He is a member of Resolution, the International Bar Association and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Alex is a qualified mediator and collaborative lawyer and is featured in Spear’s Family Law Index’s ‘Top Recommended Family Lawyers’ list. Alex is also listed in Tatler Address Book’s Advisory as one of the leading family lawyers in their trusted network of influential and elite private client experts with “gilt-edged” expertise.
He is a trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau and a regular commentator and speaker on family law.
Alex continues to be highly commended in the leading legal directories for his expertise. Chambers UK 2024 and Chambers HNW 2023 reconfirm Alex’s Band 1 ranking, and is recognised for being “someone you go to with a really knotty problem.” A source praises him for being “an outstanding strategist: empathetic, practical and a pleasure to deal with.”
In Chambers UK 2023, a source comments that Alex has “really good judgement on cases and he’s also very intelligent.” He is further described as “sharp, incisive and astute… tactically brilliant and extremely patient.” Another Chambers commentator enthuses “he is totally dedicated to his clients and will fight for them like no other lawyer I know. He is also a very strategic thinker.”
Chambers HNW 2022 describes Alex as “very efficient” with the Guide also noting “he is completely on top of the detail and his client service is absolutely top-rate”. Alex is commended for being “very incisive”, he “gets straight to the point and is a pleasure to deal with”. One source notes that he is “totally dedicated to his clients and will fight for them like no other lawyer I know. He is a very strategic thinker”.
The Legal 500 UK 2024 reconfirms Alex’s ranking in their Hall of Fame and describes him as “a tenacious negotiator who has unrivalled experience of dealing with difficult offshore cases.” The Legal 500 UK 2022 comments that Alex is “a stand-out litigator of immense experience and superior instincts”. The Guide highlights he is a “feared litigator, with an astute and brave approach to any problem. He never takes a step backwards and leaves no angle unexplored or unexploited” and adds he is “a top choice for difficult finance cases”.
Alex’s interests include bridge. He studied science at Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor in 1994. He practised at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, first as a solicitor and then (from 1999) as a partner until the inception of Hughes Fowler Carruthers in 2001.
Chambers UK 2022 praised his high-quality advice on both financial and children-related disputes, highlighting that he is “very thorough and highly responsive”, while remaining “very straightforward and clear”. The Guide emphasised that “he is intelligent and effective in complex cases related to trusts” and “has a good understanding of difficult legal concepts”.
Chambers HNW 2021 describes Alex as “a complete advocate for his clients. He is technically superb and represents his clients brilliantly”.
The Legal 500 UK 2021 inducted Alex into their Hall of Fame and described him as a “highly respected” lawyer and “a tough negotiator who knows when to fight a case”.
Chambers UK 2021 commended his “massive experience in high and ultra high net worth mandates”.
Chambers HNW 2020 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking, and recognises him as “an incredibly clever” litigator with particular expertise in complex high net worth divorce cases involving multi-jurisdictional financial arrangements. The guide further adds Alex has “always had great instincts” and notes: “You can do business with him and get things sorted, and he knows the parameters of what is a sensible settlement and what is not.”
He was ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2020 and recognised as a “very bright” lawyer who “has good instincts and works incredibly hard”.
Alex was also ranked Band 1 in Chambers HNW 2019 and described as an “extraordinarily good litigator” and someone who is “sharp as a knife and has the best eye for how a case works”.
Chambers UK 2019 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking and commended him as “sublime” and “able to keep a calm ship and steer emotional clients through any stormy waters”.
Chambers HNW 2018 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking, describing him as “hugely bright”, adding: “When he has emotional clients he’s able to keep a calm ship and steer them through any stormy waters”.
Chambers UK 2018 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking, noting that he “always has the clients’ best interests at heart” and is “always sensible when you are trying to resolve something”.
Chambers HNW 2017 confirmed Alex’s Band 1 status, describing him as “a real authority in the area” with “an incredibly reassuring manner”, who “takes no prisoners”.
Chambers UK 2017 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking and described him as a “very astute tactician” who is “outstanding in every aspect”.
Chambers HNW 2016 Alex Carruthers “did me a superb service”, enthuses one client. He specialises in advising and representing international and domestic clients on matters relating to sophisticated financial arrangements. “He has a really good breadth of knowledge of complex property tax issues and unusual jurisdictional points”, says a source, adding: “He is a creative thinker and an out and out litigator, that’s his main strength. He is always incredibly calm and unflappable. He is a good, solid, safe pair of hands”. Another observer says: “He is a very good negotiator and understands the family and the consequences for children’s law”.
Chambers UK 2016 confirmed his Band 1 ranking again. Alex has a “really good breadth of knowledge, provides a superb service and is measured, calm and has the ability to see round corners”.
Chambers UK 2015 rated Alex as “one of the leading lights in the family law arena”.
The Legal 500 UK 2020 recognises Alex as a ‘Leading Individual’ and describes him as a “highly regarded” lawyer who “does a brilliant job with tricky clients and is very good at keeping on top of details on complex cases”.
The Legal 500 UK 2019 reconfirmed Alex’s ranking as a ‘Leading Individual’, regarding him as “calm and reassuring” and remarked that he “never gets flustered and always gets it right”.
The Legal 500 UK 2017 reconfirmed his position as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing him as “outstanding” and “brilliant, calm and quietly confident”.
The Legal 500 UK 2016 reconfirmed his position as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing him as “excellent”.
The Legal 500 UK 2015 confirmed his position as a ‘Leading Individual’ again. It states that Alex “can see around corners”.
The Legal 500 UK 2014 stated that he is “highly able: a modern lawyer at the top of his game”.
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